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1 - 31 May 2015

 

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7379

 

 I am seeking information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 relating to the number and value of fixed penalty notices (FPNs) issued to motorists for driving in bus lanes.
If your local authority is not the enforcement agency for bus lanes in your area, can you please tell me who is.
1)The number of FPNs issued between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 for bus lane offences (note: if information is not available for the last calendar year, please provide data for the last available full 12-month period). In addition, please provide comparable information for the previous four years - 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 - for which data is available.
2)If you have any 24-hour bus lanes in operation, can you tell me how many penalties were issued overnight (between the hours of 7pm and 7am) in the last calendar year please.
3) The total income from FPNs issued by the local authority for bus lane offences in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 (again, if this information is not available by calendar year, please provide data for the last available 12-month period).

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you have requested in relation to questions (1) and (2) is set out below. 

Please note that the Council refers to all Notices issued in respect of bus lane contraventions as Penalty Charges  (PCNs) and further information is available on our website at the following link

PCNs

Bus Lane Contraventions

2010/11 and 2011/12 None*

2012/13*  PCNs issued 7,688

Total Income £183,000

2013/14

PCNs issued 8,437

Total income £231,200

2014/15

PCNs issued 10,491

Total income £316,512

I hope that the above information is acceptable to you; it has been provided for financial years, as this is readily accessible.

 

*   The Council commenced enforcement of bus lanes in June 2012.

 

27/5/2015

 

7380

 

1)On your most recent pay settlement date, did you pay at least the living wage prevailing at that time* to your lowest paid directly employed staff?
Yes / No
2)Is it your policy to uprate minimum pay rates for your lowest paid directly employed staff to at least the living wage at every annual pay settlement?
Yes / No
3)Do you require contractors to pay the living wage whenever a new contract or contract renewal is signed?
Yes / No
4)If you do not pay the living wage to directly employed staff at the current time, do you have an aspiration to pay it in the near future (within the next two years)?
Yes / No / Not Applicable
5)If you do not require contractors to pay the living wage at the current time, do you have an aspiration to establish such arrangements in the near future (within the next two years)?
Yes / No / Not Applicable
6)If you do not pay the living wage to directly employed staff, would you be minded to introduce a living wage if you were not subject to public sector budget cuts and / or government caps on pay settlements?
Yes / No / Don’t Know / Not Applicable
7)Please state the name of the employer below:
8)If you have any further comments on answers to these living wage questions, please state below:

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1)Yes.

2Yes.

3)No.

4)Not Applicable.

5)The position in relation to requireing contractors to pay the living wage may be considered in the future.

6)Not Applicable as the council pays directly employed staff the living wage.

7)Bedford Borough Council

8)Apprentices are not within the remit of the Council’s Living Wage Pay Supplement. In addition staff that transferred into the Council under the TUPE Regulations and who have not accepted the Council’s offer to voluntarily transfer to Bedford Borough terms and conditions which includes the provision of pay that is equal to or above the living wage, may still be paid below £7.85 per hour. 

22/05/15

7381

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Chinnor Close
Bedford
Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

1/6/2015

 

7382

 

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Lambert Close
Wootton
Bedford
Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

1/6/2015

 

7383

 

Please can you inform me why the building inspector visited us because of a complaint of unauthorised building work within the boundaries of the property, High Street. We would like to know who submitted the complaint as no works had taken place.

Thank you for your request for information about a complaint of unauthorised building work which we received.

Following careful consideration, I regret to inform you that we have decided not to disclose some of this information.

We investigated a potential breach of planning control on 28 August 2012.  The address was picked up this time as it was different to the address previously provided.   The details of the person making the complaint is being withheld as it falls under the exception(s) in Regulation 12 (5)(f) of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 which relates to the interests of the person who provided the information to the public authority.

In applying this exception we have had to balance the public interest in withholding the information against the public interest in disclosure. The factors we considered in deciding where the public interest lay are that the personal details of those reporting alleged breaches will be confidential and will not be made public.

16/06/15

 7384

 

 

 

 

Please provide the following:
1.What is the average waiting time for each housing band in your local authority?
2.How many accessible homes does your local authority have?
3.How many people requiring an accessible home are currently on your waiting list?
4.Of these, what is the longest duration an individual has been on your waiting list?
5.How many people have applied to your local authority for a Disabled Facilities Grant in the last five years?
6.How many people have requested a discretionary payment in the last five years?
7.Of these, how many received one?
8.What has been your local authority’s Disabled Facilities Grant funding payment from central government for each of the last five financial years?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do not hold the information you requested in questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7.

I confirm that we do hold the information you requested relating to your questions 5 and 8.

Please find our response below for questions 1, 2, 3 and 4:

We do not hold this information as the Council does not own any accessible homes. The Council transferred all of its housing stock to bpha (previously known as Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association) in 1990.  Bpha may be able to assist in providing the information you have requested above. Their web site address is http://www.bpha.org.uk/.

Please find our response below for questions 5, 6, 7 and 8:

5.2010/2011 - 269

2011/2012 - 319

2012/2013 - 522

2013/2014 - 425

2014/2015 - 419

6. We do not hold this information.

7. We do not hold this information.

8.

2010/2011

-       426,100.00

2011/2012

-       471,667.00

2012/2013

-       521,335.00

2013/2014

-       426,717.00

2014/2015

-       439,132.00

03/06/15

7385

 

Under The Freedom of Information Act 2000 I request the following details :
1. From May 2015 to any pending please provide details of any deceased persons you have dealt with who have no known next of kin (or you cannot find next of kin).
2. Date of Death and Date of Birth.
3. Last known address.
4. The date passed onto TSOL or The Duchy Solicitor (plus any pending).
5. The Value of estate if known (approximately).

I confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1. States that the above is exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21(Information accessible to applicant by other means) Please see link

10/06/15

 

7386

 

In  light of the fact that you have re-commissioned your homecare contracts within the last few months (or were scheduled to) could you please answer the questions below? 
If you are unable to provide the information because you are still going through the commissioning process and are therefore unable to provide any updated answers then it would be appreciated if you could tell me when you expect the process to be finished by.
1. Please list all the providers of homecare services that you commission
2. Please list the start and end date of their contracts
3. Please tell me how many staff each provider employs to provide this service? (If the exact number is not known, please give an approximate number)
4. Please can you also indicate the nature of each contract? (i.e. whether they are spot contracts or guaranteed a certain number of hours)
5. If the providers are paid for guaranteed hours, please indicate how many each contractor is allocated
6. Do you have any in-house provision of homecare services? If so how many hours in total allocated?

I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

States that "Please list all the providers of homecare services that you commission" is exempt informationthe exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21 (information accessible to applicant by other means) of the FOI Act (FOIA).

This information is available in the public domain at the following web link:

approved_home_care_providers.aspx

Please list the start and end date of their contracts:

Start: 2011/2012

Finish: 2015/2016

Please tell me how many staff each provider employs to provide this service? (If the exact number is not known, please give an approximate number)

We do not hold this information, as the retention situation varies. The above link provides contact to each of the organisations on our list. The information could be obtained directly.

Please can you also indicate the nature of each contract? (i.e. whether they are spot contracts or guaranteed a certain number of hours)

All the contracts are framework agreements. No guaranteed hours.

If the providers are paid for guaranteed hours, please indicate how many each contractor is allocated

Not applicable.

Do you have any in-house provision of homecare services? If so how many hours in total allocated?

We do not have any in house provision of homecare services. 

16/06/15

7387

 

 Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am writing to request the following information on the provision of assistance under section 17 of the Children’s Act 1989.
1.What was the council’s annual budget for assistance provided under section 17 between 2010 and 2015?
2.What was the council’s annual expenditure on assistance provided under section 17 between 2010 and 2015?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested and this is detailed below:

Your Questions

1.         What was the council’s annual budget for assistance provided under section 17 between 2010 and 2015?

2.         What was the council’s annual expenditure on assistance provided under section 17 between 2010 and 2015?

Your Response to Request for Clarification

I have been asked for clarification of this request so please note, I am referring to budgets/expenditure for the provision of financial assistance (cash or kind) under section 17(6) of the Act only:

(6) The services provided by a local authority in the exercise of functions conferred on them by this section  may include [providing accommodation and] giving assistance in kind or in cash.

Our Response

The expenditure relating solely to Section 17 of the Children’s Act is not recorded separately within the financial accounts of the Authority. Costs relating to Section 17 are included within Line 22 of the Annual Revenue Outturn Return (RO) and Line 322 of the Annual Revenue Budget Return (RA) but are not recorded separately. These returns have been produced in this format since the RO of 2011/2012. The RO for 2014/2015 is not due to be submitted until July 2015.

RO Return Line 22 and RA Return Line 322 include the following:

Short break (respite) for disabled children;

•     Contributions to health care of individual children;

•     Teenage Pregnancy Services;

•     Direct payments:

•     Home care;

•     Equipment and adaptations and

Other family support services – including Children Act 1989 section 17 payments or gifts in kind to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in need.

Therefore the responses based on the RO return and the RA return which include, but is not exclusively Assistance within Section 17 of the Children’s Act, are:

 

Annual Budget

Annual Expenditure

 

(RA Line 322)

(RO3 Line 22)

 

 

£000

£000

2011/2012

Not available

2,656

2012/2013

2,806

3,192

2013/2014

2,503

3,572

2014/2015

4,275

Not available

2015/2016

4,410

Not available

16/06/15

7388

 

Please could you kindly send me any information you may hold relating
 to public or welfare funerals and/or persons who have died with no
 known next of kin since 1/6/14 to the day of your reply. Please
 include:
 1. full names of deceased persons,
 2. dates of death,
 3. marital status,
 4. maiden surnames of married or widowed females,
 5. dates of birth or ages at death,
 6. last known addresses,
 7. estimated value of estates,
 8. date(s) when the information was passed (or information that
 is about to be or likely to be passed) to the Treasury Solicitor or the
 Duchy of Lancaster or Cornwall or any other 3rd party, or,confirmation that this will not be happening and the reason why.

I confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1. States that the above is exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is the subject of an absolute exemption contained within Section 21(Information accessible to applicant by other means) Please see link

 

10/06/15

7389

 

Please may you send me:
1•Details of any supplier you use to assist with the “procuring of goods and services”; this may include and is not limited to spend data, e-tendering / e-procurement software, access to regional / national procurement hubs etc.
•Details of any supplier you use to assist with identifying collaborative procurements. 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested below:-

1.Bedford Borough Council use an electronic procurement system called Proactis.

The return information should include:

  • Category of service i.e. Spend data

We currently do not use category of spend.

  • Name of supplier i.e. Due North

Proactis.

  • Annual value of contract i.e. £10,000 p/a

£21,600 per annum

  • Expiry date of contract i.e. 01/06/2015

31/03/2016 plus 2 year extension

  • Business / service owner i.e. Mrs Andrea Brown

Mark Stephens, Head of Procurement

  • Details of any supplier you use to assist with identifying collaborative procurements.

This is a function that is undertaken by the Commercial Hub team.

 

22/05/15

7390

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Brook Lane
Harrold
Bedford
Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

1/6/2015

 

7391

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Baker Drive
Kempston
Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

1/6/2015

 

7392

 

Under the freedom of information act, please can you provide me with a list of all Bedfordshire business addresses currently benefit from Retail Rate Relief.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is enclosed for addresses within the Bedford Borough Council area where retail rate relief has been awarded.

12/06/15

 

7393

RE: Wendover Drive
1) Records of inspection for the relevant stretch of highway.
2) Maintenance records including records of independent contractors working in relevant area.
3) Records of the minutes of Highway Authority meetings where maintenance or repair policy has been discussed or decided.
4) Records of complaints about the state of highways.
5) Records of other accidents which have occurred on the relevant stretch of highway.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

16/06/15

7394

 

Please find attached a Freedom of Information request from X

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk for a copy of the survey

11/06/15

7395

 

Pursuant to the recent “Request for Information” sent out by the Valuation Office Agency to all Non-Domestic Ratepayers, I would like to request the following via the Freedom of Information Act:
For each hereditament I would like the following:
a)The tenure type (Freehold/Leasehold)
b)Annual Rental amount if applicable
c)Lease Start Date
d)Lease Length
e)Rent Review Date

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

1.This information is not held by the Council except in respect of those hereditaments where the Council is the freeholder or lease holder of a hereditament.

2.In relation to those hereditaments where the information is held, Pursuant to Section 17(1) of the Act, the Council

a)States that the information requested is exempt information.

b)Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 43 (Commercial Interests) of the FOI Act (FOIA)

Information regarding the ownership of properties is available from the Land Registry

01/06/15

7396

 

Please can I request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:
1. Please give details of compensation payouts awarded to council staff for work-related accidents in each of the three calendar years a) 2012 b) 2013 c) 2014. For each year, please tell me the total number of payouts and the total sum of money paid to staff.
2. Please also provide a breakdown, providing details of each case. So, for each case, please tell me:
a) how much money was paid to the member of staff
b) a brief summary of the accident/incident
c) what injuries were sustained

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is detailed below:

1. 1a)   1,  £6,500

1b)  3,  £15,239

1c)   6,  £16,288

2) £6,500 – Tripped over bicycle & injured wrist.

     £6,792 – Slipped on ice in car park & injured back.

     £7,320 – Slipped on ice on ramp & injured back.

     £3,127 - Slipped on wet leaves & injured wrist.

     £2,100 – Tripped over equipment & injured hand.

     £4,500 – Handling wheelie bin & injured hand.

     £3,100 – Tripped over paving & injured ankle.

     £1,000 – Slipped on wooden walkway & injured knee.

     £3,588 – Scolded by hot drink & injured arm.

(Note: Claims originating from our schools are included in these figures)

11/06/15

 

7397

 

1* Please provide the number of primary age and, separately, secondary age children in the local authority who are due to start school in September but are currently without a school place.
2*Please provide comparable figures for the previous three years.
3* Where possible, please give the reasons that children might be without school places for September. For example - the offer of school places have not been accepted, LA was unable to offer a place at parents' preferred schools, families applied to schools which handle their own admissions but were unsuccessful and then approached the council, problems with free school premises, the number of applications have risen significantly etc.
4*Please provide any documentation from the last 12 months (minutes of meetings, reports, research, memos) which mention the impact of immigration on primary or secondary school places

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1•  Primary - 94, Secondary – 4, due to late applications which are received and being processed. The pupils will be allocated a school place once the applications are processed.  There are sufficient pupil places for all pupils in Bedford Borough.

2• We do not hold this information.  This data is not collected as the number would differ dependent on the day the question was asked.  All children would have been offered a place for September.

3•Late applications which are awaiting processing.

4•  We do not hold this information.  Such a report does not exist in the council.  The council has a duty to provide sufficient pupil places which has been achieved.

 

04/06/15

7398

 

*,Please would you be able to provide the following information in respect of placements made by the local authority of elderly persons funded (in whole or part) by yourselves. The information should be readily available from the relevant department with responsibility for social care. It goes without saying that sensitive information such as people’s names/identity is not being requested.
For persons benefitting from local authority funding, what is the fee to be paid by the council for elderly persons placed within independent sector care homes during the financial year 2015/2016 for the following categories of care?
1.Elderly Residential Care
2.Elderly Dementia Residential Care
3.Elderly Nursing Care*
4.Elderly Dementia Nursing Care*
*Please state fee exclusive of the Free Nursing Care payment for 3 and 4.
What were the corresponding fees for the financial year 2014/2015?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested.

For persons benefitting from local authority funding, what is the fee to be paid by the council for elderly persons placed within independent sector care homes during the financial year 2015/2016 for the following categories of care?

1.       Elderly Residential Care

2.       Elderly Dementia Residential Care

3.       Elderly Nursing Care*

4.       Elderly Dementia Nursing Care*

Residential Low - £470.40

Residential Medium - £510

Residential High - £560

Nursing - £560 + RNCC

These were the same fees for 2014/2015.

We do not split our rates into Dementia and non-Dementia rates.

 

16/06/15

 

7399

 

Please could you provide me with the contact details of the person or contractor responsible for the groundscare? By groundscare, I mean the person cutting the grass in the parks and at the roadsides.
Furthermore, I would like to know the brand and model of the mowers used in the council and the date of purchase of the machines.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.  The information you have requested is as follows:

Clive Betts, Grounds Maintenance Manager

Tel: 01234 276682

E-mail: clive.betts@bedford.gov.uk

I would like to know the brand and model of the mowers used in the council and the date of purchase of the machines.

The grass cutting in Bedford Borough is carried out by our own in-house maintenance teams and a sub contract let to Sodexo. 

Equipment used for in-house grass cutting:

Torro/Hayter T3340 triple mowers purchased between 2007 and 2014 inclusive

Torro/Hayter TM7490 trailed gang mowers purchased 2014

Etesia hydro 124 rotary mower purchased 2005

Iseki ride on rotary mower purchased 2007

Kubota zero turn rotary mowers purchased 2014

Stihl FS95 strimmers purchased between 2012 and 2015

Kubota F3090 with both rotary and trimax flail heads purchased between 2009 and 2014

Pegasus 493, 3 deck trailed rotary mower purchased 2014

Equipment used for Fine Turf mowing:

Ransomes Mastif, 30 & 36 inch.

Ransomes Matador

Ransomes super certes.

Due to age of these machines the purchase date is not known.

General hand mowers:

Honda self-propelled rotary mower purchased 1998

Viking rotary mowers purchased 2012 to 2014

 

16/06/15

 

7400

 

 What, if any, enforcement (i.e. official warning, improvement notice, fine, court action or other recorded action) of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 in respect to the marketing of foods since coming into force in May 2008 has occurred under your authorities control? Please provide the number of recorded enforcement actions you have issued since that date.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is enclosed.

The number of times is:0.

19/06/15

7401

 

I would like to find out the following about the Troubled Families programme:

1. How many Lead Professionals/Keyworkers/Dedicated Workers (ie.1-2-1
support staff) across council staff and/or commissioned providers worked with identified Troubled Families (TF) for the years
a. 2013-2014
b. 2014-2015
2. How many of these Leader Professionals/Keyworkers/Dedicated Workers worked full-time/exclusively with TF families
3. Number of families worked with in the years
a. 2013-2014
b. 2014-2015
4. The average caseload of each Lead Professional/Keyworker/Dedicated Worker working full-time with TF families in the years
a. 2013-2014
b. 2014-2015
5. The average caseload of each Lead Professional/Keyworker/Dedicated Worker working part-time with TF families for the years
a. 2013-14
b. 2014-15
6. The number of families entering the TF programme in the years
a. 2013-2014
b. 2014-2015
7. The number of families exiting the TF programme having been ‘turned around’ in the years
a. 2013-2014
b. 2014-2015
8. % of time spent by Lead Professionals/Keyworkers on work not related to their allocated families (eg. meetings, training, general admin)
9. The average number of sick days taken by Lead Professionals/Keyworkers working on the TF programmes.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1.How many Lead Professionals/Keyworkers/Dedicated Workers (ie.1-2-1 support staff) across council staff and/or commissioned providers worked with identified Troubled Families (TF) for the years

a.2013-2014 - 21

b.2014-2015 - 20

2.How many of these Leader Professionals/Keyworkers/Dedicated Workers worked full-time/exclusively with TF families

a.2013-2014 - 18

b.2014-2015 - 20

3.Number of families worked with in the years

a.2013-2014 - 114

b.2014-2015 - 83

4.The average caseload of each Lead Professional/Keyworker/Dedicated Worker working full-time with TF families in the years

a.2013-2014 - 10-15 families

b. 2014-2015 - 10-15 families

5.The average caseload of each Lead Professional/Keyworker/Dedicated Worker working part-time with TF families for the years

a.2013-14 – 7 Families

b. 2014-15 – 7 Families

6.The number of families entering the TF programme in the years

a.2013-2014 - 114

b.2014-2015 - 83

7. The number of families exiting the TF programme having been ‘turned around’ in the years

a. 2013-2014 -  103

b. 2014-2015 -  73

8. % of time spent by Lead Professionals/Keyworkers on work not related to their allocated families (eg. meetings, training, general admin) – 30%

9. The average number of sick days taken by Lead Professionals/Keyworkers working on the TF programmes.  – 10.5 days

16/06/15

7402

 

Can i have the following regarding Renhold:

How many homes

How many private and social

How many known businesses

How many Adult /Children

How age banded eg 20,50,60 etc

male/female

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold some of the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested regarding Renhold enclosed

The number of businesses in Renhold ie those that pay business rates

The Council does not hold details of the number of businesses based in Renhold.  The Non-Domestic Rating list shows there are 12 rated premises in Renhold.  However, whilst these properties are not occupied as domestic residences they will not necessarily be occupied by businesses.  They may be occupied for other non-domestic purposes for example as a village hall or by a charity.

Businesses may also operate from Renhold other than from rated premises, this may be because the property is exempt from rating, such as a farm, or may be because the business is based at someone’s home and there is no dedicated business use of part of the premises.

Details of the rated properties can be obtained from the valuation list available from the Valuation Office Agency website, http://www.voa.gov.uk/

11/06/15

 

7403

 

I would like copies you hold on x regarding healthcare

 Responded to as General Business

 

4/6/2015

 

7404

 

I would like copies you hold on y regarding healthcare issues

Responded to as General Business

 

4/6/2015

 

7405

 

I would like copies you hold on z regarding healthcare issues

 Responded to as General Business

 

4/6/2015

 

7406

 

I am writing to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Since the Turbo roundabout at the junction between Union Road and Tavistock Street was constructed in 2014, how many complaints about its design or other issues have the council received from members of the public?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.  The information you requested is as follows:
There have been 5 complaints received.

08/06/15

7407

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act I seek the following information:Please tell me, for each person who is working for the council off the payroll, has done so for more than three months, and is earning at least £100,000:

1. Their name
2. Their position
3. How much they are paid, broken down by:
A) Daily rate
B) Hourly rate
C) Annual full time equivalent salary
4. The number of days they work per week
5. When they began working for the council
6. If they are employed by the council through an agency, the name of that agency
7. If they are employed by the council through their personal service company, the name of that company
8. Whether they are taxed at source

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

There are no individuals working for the Council off payroll that have done so for more than three months and are earning at least £100,000.

04/06/15

7408

 

 I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information from your Revenue Department responsible for the collection of Business Rates:
Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to request the following information:
• The total amount collected by your authority in business rates on empty properties for 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/2015.
• The total amount paid by your authority in business rates on empty properties owned by your authority for 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is detailed below:

The amounts charged on empty Non-Domestic Rate properties in the years quoted was as follows:

Year

Total Amount

Bedford Borough Council

2012/13

£2,528,422.03

£56,207.46

2013/14

£2,0113,30.22

£112,223.74

2014/15

£2,098,210.03

£81,197.73

12/06/15

 

7409

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Brooklands Avenue
Wixams
Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

 

view application plans

 

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

1/6/2015

 

7410

 

 I would like details of public toilets maintained by the council preferably in .csv format. 
Information that I am interested in is as follows:
•Type (for example Male, Female or Disabled)
•Address
•Spatial Coordinates (OSGB or lat long)
•If you run a community toilet scheme with retailers please also list the names and locations of partners.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

16/06/15

7411

 

I would like to make a request for the following information under the Freedom of Information Act (2000).
1. Do you employ the use of content filtering software on the PCs based in your libraries which are connected to the internet and intended for use by the users of your library?
If answer to 1. is “yes”, please:
2. Provide the name and annual cost of the content filtering software.
3. Provide a full list of the categories of websites blocked (e.g. “pornography, gambling, phishing etc.”). If these differ according to the user profile accessing the PC (e.g. child, student, adult, staff etc.) please provide a full list of categories of websites blocked for each user profile.
4. Confirm whether you also block specific URLs in addition to categories, and provide a complete list of these URLs.
5. Provide the relevant policy document or written documentation which outlines the procedure a user must follow in instances where they would like to gain access to a website that is blocked.
6. From January 2013 until the present day, please provide a list of the URLs where users have requested access to despite them being blocked by the content filtering software.
7. Of the list provided in 6., please detail which URLs access was granted for and which were denied.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.  The information you requested is as follows:

1. Strictly speaking the answer is "no". There is no software on the PCs. However the browsers on the PCs are forced through a central filtering service in order to access the world wide web and a filtering service is utilised at this point.

If answer to 1. is “yes”, please:

2. The Library service uses E2BN Protex to provide filtering services.  The Library Service and Local Authority are not bound to release information regarding cost as pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council:

1.States that the information requested is exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 43 (Commercial Interests) of the FOI Act (FOIA).  

3. The categories blocked are: Illegal Hacking, Malware, Illegal Drugs, Anonymous Proxy, Pornography, Violence, and Virus Infected.

There are no different user profiles in use.

4. The URLs are only blocked if they are listed in the categories above.

The Library Service and Local Authority do not hold the additional information requested.

5. Any user who feels a site has been blocked unfairly can query the issue with member of staff. Details are passed to a senior member of staff who will use the online form http://protex.e2bn.org/listrequest to request the site be released, providing it does not contravene the Council's Acceptable Use Policy.

6.Neither the Library Service nor the Local Authority holds this information.

7.Neither the Library Service nor the Local Authority holds this information.

 

08/06/15

7412

 

I would be grateful if you could send me:
A.The total public health budget in your authority for the financial year 2014-15
B.The total budget allocated to public mental health interventions in your authority for the financial year 2014-15
C.The total budget spent on public mental health interventions in your authority for the financial year 2014-15
D.An itemised list of any interventions you have funded in 2014-15 that fall under any of the following categories:
•Perinatal and infant mental health programmes
•Parenting programmes (including targeted programmes at high risk families)
•School-based mental health promotion and prevention programmes (including anti-bullying, violence or abuse)
•Mental health training for key workers (e.g. health visitors, school nurses etc.)
•Promoting psychological wellbeing and stress reduction in workplaces
•Targeted programmes to improve the physical health of people with mental health problems (e.g. targeted smoking cessation, physical activity, etc.)
•Programmes to address social isolation (e.g. befriending)
•Suicide prevention
•Programmes to reduce stigma / discrimination faced by people with mental health problems
E.An itemised list of any other public mental health services funded by your authority in 2014-15
F.The total budget allocated to public mental health services in your authority for the financial year 2015-16
G.A brief outline of any data your authority uses to assess levels of mental wellbeing in your local population
H.A brief outline of what impact you expect future changes in local authority budgets to have on the mental wellbeing of your population, and any actions you are planning to take to address any concerns that have been identified

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please find attached the information requested.

18/06/15

7413

 

 I would like to make the following request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
•Please could you confirm whether or not the council has initiated (or been involved with) any prosecutions for offences committed under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 by zoos operating (either currently or historically) within your council’s jurisdiction between the 1st January 2008 to the present day.
•If the answer to the above question is “Yes”, please could you provide me with the following details in relation to the prosecution(s):
oName of the zoo
oDate of the hearing(s)
oDetails of charges brought against the zoo
oThe section of the Zoo Licensing Act under which charges were brought against the zoo
oThe outcome of the prosecution (did it result in a conviction, how many of the charges were dismissed and how many were upheld, etc.?)

Thank you for your request for information about prosecutions for offences committed under the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 which we

received on 22/5/15 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Answer – No

 

11/06/15

 

7414

 

Could you please provide the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

1. How many children do you currently have in foster care placements?2.      How many of those children are classed as asylum seekers?

3. Could you please break down by country where these asylum seekers come from?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1.Total number of children and Young People in foster placements including connected persons is 189 as of end of April – info taken from last business support report.

2. Eight

3.: 1 x Albania. 1 x Iran, 2 X Eritrea, 4 x Afghanistan

 

04/06/15

7415

 

I would like copies you hold on x regarding healthcare issues

 Responded to as General Business

 

4/6/2015

 

7416

 

I would like copies you hold on y regarding healthcare issues

Responded to as General Business

 

4/6/2015

 

7417

 

I would like copies you hold on z regarding healthcare issues

Responded to as General Business

 

4/6/2015

 

7418

 

I would like copies you hold on x regarding healthcare issues

 Responded to as General Business

 

4/6/2015

 

7419

 

 In each of the last two financial years (13/14) and (14/15) could you please state how many times it was arranged by your social services department that a child born in the UK to parents from other EU nations was taken back to the EU nation where it could be placed in care/put up for adoption in that country. For each occasion please state (i) the sex and name of the child (I do not believe this would be a breach of S.40 as the child’s name will have been changed), (ii) the age at which the child left the UK and (iii) the EU nation to which they were returned

 Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Bedford Borough Council  does not have a specific data set for this enquiry.

The Adoption Team are unable to recall a single case that meets the criteria of the question.

Any case of a child that was relinquished for adoption would have been managed through this team even if that adoption were to take place in another country and via that other country’s own adoption services.

18/06/15

 

7420

 

 We are requesting the following information:
1. Electronic copies of any research, consultations, or analysis into 20mph limits that you have conducted. This includes: materials reviewing whether they should be introduced, consulting local stakeholders, or explaining their introduction; materials exploring the impact of 20mph limits in your area; and materials outlining reasons for not implementing 20mph limits, if this was decided.
2. If your council has introduced any 20mph limits, on what proportion of roads have you done so, on a sign-only, area-wide or zone (traffic-calmed) basis? (Should you not have the precise lengths of roads that have been treated in this way, an estimate of the proportion of road types that have 20mph limits would still be useful, for example 20mph zones with traffic calming are in place around 90% of schools, and 20mph limits of some form are in place on around 50% of residential roads).
3.What are your future plans for (a) the (further) development of 20mph limits and/or (b) consideration or review of whether to implement (more) 20mph limits?
4.  a) For areas where you have introduced 20mph limits, what are your reasons for doing so? b) For areas where you have not introduced 20mph limits, what are your reasons for not doing so?
5. Can you give us an idea of the costs of implementation of 20mph limits where you have done so? We would like to know the costs of i) research/consultations, ii) public engagement, iii) road signs (if possible broken down by the cost of new repeater signs, and replacement signs).

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you have requested is as follows:

1.Electronic copies of any research, consultations, or analysis into 20mph limits that you have conducted.

For copies of the surveys please contact freedom of information by emailing freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

2.If your council has introduced any 20mph limits, on what proportion of roads have you done so, on a sign-only, area-wide or zone (traffic-calmed) basis?

20% outside schools; 80% in residential areas

3.What are your future plans for (a) the (further) development of 20mph limits and/or (b) consideration or review of whether to implement (more) 20mph limits?

The Council will fund additional 20mph schemes across the Borough of Bedford. Further requests will be considered on a site by site basis. The Council will continue to support the installation of further 20mph schemes where appropriate.

4(a) For areas where you have introduced 20mph limits, what are your reasons for doing so?

Customer / Councillor requests

4(b) For areas where you have not introduced 20mph limits, what are your reasons for not doing so?

Existing speeds too high for a 20mph limit. These sites are then added to our list of roads requiring physical traffic calming measures.

5.Can you give us an idea of the costs of implementation of 20mph limits where you have done so? We would like to know the costs of:

a) research/consultations – approx £1000 per site

b) public engagement – approx £1000 per site

c) road signs (if possible broken down by the cost of new repeater signs, and replacement signs) - Cost per sign (including post) installed = £250

 

23/06/15

7421

 

1.Ahead of the 2015 General Election, did the local authority give training to polling station staff around supporting people with a learning disability to vote?
2.Ahead of the 2015 General Election, a) was the local authority aware of Mencap's ‘Easy guides to voting and registering to vote’ and b) if so, did the local authority distribute this to relevant local organisations/groups/services?
3.How many voter registration events did the local authority attend/run for people with a learning disability ahead of a) the 2015 General Election and b) the 2010 General Election?
4.Ahead of the 2015 General Election, a) did the local authority receive a fact sheet from the Electoral Commission – produced jointly by the Electoral Commission and Mencap – entitled 'What you need to do if you want to vote on 7 May'; and b) if so, was this distributed to polling station staff?
5.Are all of the polling stations in the local authority area accessible for people using wheelchairs?
6.How many complaints have you received about the accessibility of your polling stations in the local authority area, following the 2015 General Election? 
7.Was the local authority made aware of any problems with people with a learning disability voting on 7th May 2015? If so, a) how many people with a learning disability were affected, and b) how many people with a learning disability were stopped from voting?

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act regarding the 2015 combined elections and council tax referendum. The (Acting) Returning/Counting Officer does not carry out the duties on behalf of the local authority but in his own personal capacity. A list of public bodies and local authorities that are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act is available at the following website:
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/36/schedule/1
As you will see, the Freedom of Information Act does not list any person appointed under the Representation of the People Act 1983. It follows that the Electoral Registration Officer, Returning Officer or any other person appointed under the Act are not subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

18/06/15

7422

 

 

This is a request for Business Rates information, to be dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Please provide the ratepayer’s name(s) in respect of the properties listed below:
Address Postcode 
MORRISONS, AMPTHILL ROAD, BEDFORD 

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested which is detailed below:

Morrisons, Ampthill Road, Bedford,MK42 9JP Period Start:03/03/2013 Period End:19/08/2013 Property Reference:3003343

The reference in question only entered the rating list with effect from 3 August 2013.  The liable ratepayer has been WM Morrisons Supermarkets PLC between 3 August 2013 and 19 August 2013.  Between 3 March 2013 and 2 August 2013 there was no entry in the rating list and correspondingly no liable ratepayer

 

 

27/05/15

7423

 

 Please would you tell me:
1 a) How much money the council received in “over-vend” from parking meters in the 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15 financial years.
b) Please break these figures down by year, so that it is possible to see how much income was received in each financial year

Thank you for your request for information about “over-vend” at parking meters, which we received on 26th May 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. 

1.A) £43,057.05 

1.B)

Bedford Borough Council
Financial Year "Over Vend"
2013/14 £25,603.60
2014/15 £17,453.45
Total £43,057.05

04/06/15

7424

 

 Please would you provide me with:
1. A snapshot of the current licensed premises for skin piercing, covering tattooing, acupuncture, ear and cosmetic piercing, electrolysis or skin colouring as of Monday, May 18 2015.
Please provide:
a) The name of the licensed premises
b) Its address, including postcode
c) If possible, the type of piercing(s) licensed to practice (e.g.
tattooing, acupuncture, ear and cosmetic piercing, electrolysis or skin colouring)

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested which is enclosed.  Please note that some businesses, especially those practicing acupuncture do not have a trading name, hence this is not listed.

16/06/15

7425

 

Please accept this email as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act. We trust we will receive a response within the 20 working days, set out by the Act.  If this is not possible or you have any query please do not hesitate to contact me.
Please provide the contact details requested below for the three officers mentioned, within your council.
Council contact 
Chief Executive
(CEO,MD)       
Head of Paid Services
(Finance director)       
Head of Property / Estates
(council owned commercial property)
•Please also provide a portfolio list including tenure and rent payable if held leasehold
•If this is not available please detail how many properties the council owns and rents
•Please detail the annual rent toll (rent received)
•How many tenants the council receive rents from

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Chief Executive and Head of Paid Services-Philip Simpkins-Chief Executive- Philip.simpkins@bedford.gov.uk -01234 718202
Finance director-Andy Watkins-Assistant Chief Executive & Chief Finance Officer- Andy.watkins@bedford.gov.uk -01234 718208
Head of Property / Estates (council owned commercial property)-Adrian Piper-Head of Property Services- Adrian.piper@bedford.gov.uk -01234 718248

· There is a list of Council-owned properties on the website under transparency, the link is.

With regards to rent payable, this information is not publically available, but the total rent toll is shown below.

·We have a total of 706 freehold properties that are leased out.

· The total annual rent toll is £3.83 million.

·  We have 405 unique tenants occupying the leased out properties.

 

05/06/15

7426

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
West End
Elstow
Bedford
Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website.

1/6/2015

 

7427

 

 Will you please advise me,
1. How many automatic wash/dry toilets your authority provided via Disabled Facility Grants in 2014/15?
2. How many automatic wash/dry toilets your authority provided for your own housing stock in 2014/15?
If you no longer manage your own housing stock will you please advise me of the details of the organisation your housing stock was transferred to.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please find the information you requested below:

1.In 2014/15 Bedford Borough Council supplied and fitted five automatic wash/dry toilets via Disabled Facility Grants.

2.We do not hold this information as the Council transferred all of its housing stock to bpha (previously known as Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association) in 1990.  Bpha may be able to assist in providing the information you have requested above. Their web site address is http://www.bpha.org.uk/.

 

 26/06/15

7428

 

 

I am requesting the below information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (2000).

Total budget
What was your total budget for 2014/15 and what is your projected budget for the year 2015/16?

Total primary care spend
What was the total spend on primary care services in 2014/15. What is the projected primary care spend in 2015/16?

Organisational costs
How much of the 2014/15 budget was attributed to organisational costs – described in this request as monies for administration, salary, utilities, and rent? Is this figure set to change in 2015/16? What is the projected figure for 2015/16

Pooling budgets
How much of your total budget for 2014/15 was pooled with the clinical commissioning group/s in your local authority? What are the clinical commissioning groups in the local authority? Is the amount of pooled budgets set to increase in 2015/16? How much money will be pooled with clinical commissioning groups in 2015/16?

Co-commissioning
What amount of monies were allocated to co-commissioning primary care services alongside NHS England in 2014/15? Is this figure set to change in 2015/16 and if so, what amount of monies allocated to co-commissioning is projected?

Population size

➢ What is your population size?
➢ How much money was allocated per individual in your population in 2014/15? What is the projected money per head in 2015/16?

Care sectors and settings

➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on patient education for 2015/16? How much was spent on patient education in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on training for NHS workers and clinical professionals in 2015/16? How much was spent on training for NHS workers and clinical professionals in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on primary care property maintenance for 2015/16? How much was spent on primary care property maintenance in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on clinical research for 2015/16? How much was spent on clinical research in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on children’s services for 2015/16? How much was spent on children’s services in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on GP services for 2015/16? How much was spent on GP services in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on pharmacy and pharmacy services for 2015/16? How much was spent on pharmacy and pharmacy services in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on out-of-hours services for 2015/16? How much was spent on out-of-hours services in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on optometry for 2015/16? How much was spent on optometry in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on dentistry for 2015/16? How much was spent on dentistry in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on physiotherapy for 2015/16? How much was spent on physiotherapy in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on telehealth for 2015/16? How much was spent on telehealth in 2014/15?

Clinical conditions
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on cancer services for 2015/16? How much was spent on cancer treatment in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on diabetes services for 2015/16? How much was spent on diabetes services in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on respiratory services for 2015/16? How much was spent on respiratory services in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on eye services for 2015/16? How much was spent on eye services in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on cardiovascular disease services for 2015/16? How much was spent on cardiovascular disease services in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on chronic kidney disease services for 2015/16? How much was spent on chronic kidney disease services in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on mental health services for 2015/16? How much was spent on mental health services in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on allergy services for 2015/16? How much was spent on allergy services in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on specials for 2015/16? How much was spent on specials in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on public health on children aged 0-5 for 2015/16? How much was spent on public health on children aged 0-5 in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on smoking cessation services for 2015/16? How much was spent on smoking cessation services in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on sexual health services for 2015/16? How much was spent on sexual health services in 2014/15?
➢ How much of your total budget will be spent on vaccinations for 2015/16? How much was spent on vaccinations in 2014/15?

  

 Applicant did not respond to request for clarification.

 

 

7429

 

GREEN LANE, WIXAMS, BEDFORD
Please could you supply the following Con29R information as relates to the above property/ies, pursuant to the Environmental Information Regulations:
3.7, 3.11, 3.12

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

view application plans

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

 

01/06/15

7430

 

Please can I have the following information for each commercial property in your area.
1. Name of ratepayer
2. Address of property
3. VOA Billing Authority Reference Number (BA reference)
4. 2010 rating list rateable value
5. Type of relief granted ie none, Mandatory, Discretional, Empty property, SBRR etc.
6. Occupancy date for current ratepayer.
7. Local Authority Account Number.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is enclosed.
Please see Excel Spreedsheet regarding commercial property.

18/06/15

7431

 

 Please can I have the following information for each commercial property in your area
1. Name of ratepayer
2. Address of property
3. VOA Billing Authority Reference Number (BA reference)
4. 2010 rating list rateable value
5. Type of relief granted ie none, Mandatory, Discretional, Empty property, SBRR etc.
6. Occupancy date for current ratepayer.
7. Local Authority Account Number.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is enclosed.
Please see Excel Spreedsheet regarding business rates.

18/06/15

7432

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act or Environmental Information Regulations (as applicable), I would like to submit this request again, in order to update our records and track changes nationwide.
If your records have not changed since our request last year, we would still be grateful if you could send the requested information to enable us to maintain accurate records and mark the council as providing a complete return.
1. Complete the information table
2. For each premises with a Zoo Licence, return a copy of the most recent annual zoo stocklist (outlining births, arrivals, deaths etc. in accordance with Section 9.5 of the Standards of Modern Zoo Practice).
3. For each premises with a Zoo Licence, return a copy of the most recent Zoo Inspection Report for “formal” periodical or renewal inspections carried out unver S.10 or S.14.2 by Government-appointed Zoo Inspectors. Please ensure all pages (1-10) plus any pages with additional conditions are included.

Please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk  for a copy of the questionnaire

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

16/06/15

 

7433

 

 I should like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:
1. a. Does your local authority have a local plan (whether adopted, out for consultation or submitted for examination) as required by the National Planning Policy Framework
b. Has the local plan been adopted? If so, when?
2. Please state your council's planning department total budget and total number of staff in:
a. 2012 (or nearest financial year)
b. 2014 (or nearest financial year)
3. a. Has your local authority adopted a local community infrastructure levy (CIL)?
b. If so, at what rate is it charged?
c. Do you charge local CIL on schemes below 1000m2 or less than 10 units?

Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The information you have requested is below in bold:

1. a.b. The documents that make up the Council’s Statutory Development Plan are as follows:

-Some remaining ‘saved’ policies from the Bedford Borough Local Plan (adopted 2002)

-The Core Strategy and Rural Issues Plan (adopted 2008)

-Bedford Town Centre Area Action Plan (adopted 2008)

-The Allocations and Designations Local Plan (post-dates the NPPF- adopted 2013)

-Saved Policies in the Minerals and Waste Local Plan (adopted 2005)

-Minerals and Waste Local Plan: Strategic Sites and Policies (post-dates the NPPF - adopted 2014)

These documents can be found on the Council’s web site. A link on the left of the page takes you to Minerals and Waste plans.

The Council is currently preparing a Local Plan 2032 which is at the Issues and Options Stage. A first Issues and Options consultation has been completed. More detail can be found at the web site link above.
2. a.  Number of staff 70
b.  Number of staff 65

Town & Country Planning Budget - Excluding Building Control

2014/15

2012/13

£000

£000

Employees

1,870.60

1,867.52

Premises

0.00

1.40

Transport Related Expenditure

14.90

0.00

Supplies

229.55

265.08

Transfer Payments

178.42

100.42

Contributions to/from Reserves/Provisions

-100.00

-55.00

Customer & Client Receipts

-1,301.02

-1,531.65

Grants & Contributions

-1.00

0.00

TOTAL

891.45

647.77

3. a.  Yes

b.  We have several rates, our Charging Schedule is available on our website at: http://edrms.bedford.gov.uk/OpenDocument.aspx?id=0XiC8qAFl9woNu%2fOdJg0rA%3d%3d&name=CIL%20Charging%20Schedule.pdf
c.  Yes.  All and more specific information on CIL can be found on our designated webpage www.bedford.gov.uk/CIL

12/06/15

 

7434

 

By “cyber attack” I mean any unauthorised access to or deliberate disruption of a computer system or device owned or used by the local authority, any school facilities, as well as any associated administrative offices under your responsibility.
1) How many (if any) cyber attacks have there been in the last five years since 1 January 2010?
2) For each separate attack, please provide
a. The type of attack
b. The target of attack
c. Any details you have as to the origin of the attack (country/IP address, etc.)
d. The type of information accessed (if any)
e. Whether the attack was reported to police authorities
f. Whether the attack was reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office
g. Any internal measures taken as a result.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. Please find the information set out below.

1)  8

2)  see paragraph below

a.  see paragraph below

b. see paragraph below

c. see paragraph below

d. see paragraph below

e.  see paragraph below

f.  see paragraph below

g. see paragraph below

All eight cases recorded were virus attacks targeting PCs, where the virus was not known to the anti-virus software installed at the time. The origin of attack and type of information accessed was not recorded. No incident was reported to the police or the ICO. Internal measures taken were to update virus software. Note, Bedford Borough Council is not responsible for any school ICT equipment or services, and therefore is not included in this FOI response.

 

29/05/15

7435

 

I would like to request some information under the Freedom of Information Act.
Please may you provide me with the proxy voting records of the Bedfordshire Pension Fund for the period of 1st January 2014 to 30th April 2015. Ideally I would like to have the following information in electronic format:
•Name of Issuer
•Issuer Identifier e.g. Ticker or CUSIP
•Date of Shareholder Meeting
•Type of Shareholder Meeting (Annual, Special etc.)
•Proposal No.
•Proposal
•Proposer (Management / Shareholder)
•Vote cast by Bedfordshire Pension Fund
•Entity responsible for vote decision (Internal/external asset manager/ proxy voting advisor (PIRC, ISS etc)
In addition please indicate whether the Bedfordshire Pension Fund has its own proxy voting policy or whether you use that of an external provider

Further to your request for information, I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1.States that the information is exempt information.

2.Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act – information reasonably accessible by other means.

 

28/05/15

 

7436

 

 Are your Children’s Centres services commissioned to a third party provider? If so who do you commission and when is the contract due to end? What are your future commissioning intentions for Children's Centre services and other child and family services

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Bedford Borough Children’s Centre services are commissioned to Goldington Family Centre (a local charity) and 4Children.  The contracts for these services are due to end in April 2016 and our commissioning intentions for the future are currently being explored.

 

04/06/15

7437

 

I would like copies you hold on x regarding healthcare issues

Responded  as General Business

 

 4/6/2015

 

7438

 

 Under the FOI or which other act is applicable could you please make available  ALL documents. Correspondence, emails, diary notes, desk notes,  telephone records relating to your insurance claim ref  Claim x, this is to include all correspondence from your insurers to the Council and Council to your insurers and any other external parties

I can confirm that the information you requested is held under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the Council, for the reasons that follow, declines to disclose the information requested.

You requested:

Please make available  ALL documents. Correspondence, emails, diary notes, desk notes,  telephone records relating to your insurance claim ref  Claim 14PL000152, this is to include all correspondence from your insurers to the Council and Council to your insurers and any other external parties

Pursuant to Section 17 (1) of the Act the Council

1.States that the information requested is exempt information.

1.Specifies, that the exemption in question is contained within Section 42 (Legal professional privilege – includes a duty to confirm or deny does not arise to the extent that it would involve the disclosure of any information in respect of which such a claim could be maintained in legal proceedings) of the FOI Act (FOIA).  

 

19/06/15

7439

 

Please find below a request for information from your local authority.
1.How many care leavers were eligible for a leaving care service in your Local Authority during financial year 2014-15?
2.Of the number of care leavers eligible for a service in your Local Authority during the financial year 2014-15 - how many lived in B&B/hotel accommodation for any length of time?
a.Of these care leavers what number had repeat placements (more than one) in a B&B/hotel during financial year 2014-15?
b.Of these care leavers how many lived in a B&B/hotel for longer than 28 days in one episode during financial year 2014-15?
3.What number of care leavers eligible for a service in your Local Authority during the financial year 2014-15 were placed in B&B/hotel accommodation during financial year 2014-15 by:
a.Housing department
b.Children’s services
c.Other (please specify)

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

1.During 2014/15, 100 young people were eligible for care leavers support (e.g. Relevant, former Relevant, Qualifying, Eligible).

2.1.

A.1.

B.N/A.

3.

A. 1.

B.N/A

C. N/A

 

 

25/06/15

7440

 

This is a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, submitted on May 28 2015.
Please could you supply me with answers to the following questions, separated for each financial year: 2012/13; 2013/14; 2014/15.
1.How many contracts were awarded to private consultants by the local authority in a).2012/13 b). 2013/14 c). 2014/15?
2.What was the total value of the contracts awarded to private consultants by the local authority in a). 2012/13 b). 2013/14 c). 2014/15?
3.How many contracts were awarded to private consultants to work specifically within children’s social care in the local authority in a). 2012/13 b). 2013/14 c). 2014/15?
4.What was the value of the contracts awarded to private consultants to work specifically within children’s social care in the local authority in a). 2012/13 b). 2013/14 c). 2014/15?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested which is below

 

 

2012/2013

2013/2014

2014/2015

 

Total

Total

Total

Question 1:

31

32

34

Question 2:

£329,324

£592,906

£998,832

Question 3:

1

6

7

Question 4:

£3,488

£41,347

£203,654

25/06/15

7441

 

 

I would like to file a FOI request for all nomination forms received (inc. those that have been unsuccessful).
Community Right to Bid research
I am writing to ask if you would provide the name and contact details of the best contact to discuss the list of Assets of Community Value (AoCV) in your area and the CRtBid process.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
To obtain or see a copy of the attachments please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

  

19/06/15

7442

 

I am writing to find some information out regarding a list of animal collections (zoo's, safari parks, farm parks etc), if the collection is private or public, type of licence each holds and address of each (if possible).

Thank you for your request for information about a list of animal collections which we received on 28/5/15 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Licensed Animal Collections in Bedford Borough are:

Zoo Licence

English School of Falconry

Herrings Green Farm

Cotton End Road

Wilstead

Bedford

MK45 3DT

Dangerous Wild Animal Licence

Anglian Wolf Sanctuary

Moat Farm

Turvey

Bedford

11/06/15

 

7443

 

 I write to request the following information relating to your authority’s insurance claims management arrangements.
1.Who is your authority’s insurance provider?
2.Does your authority’s insurance provider handle claims on your behalf? Yes/No
3.Does your authority handle any claims in-house? Yes/No - if yes, please provide a contact name and email address
4.Does your authority contract with a third party to manage claims? Yes/No - if yes:
a.who are they?
b.to what date are they contracted?
c.were they were procured using a competitive procurement process? Yes/No - if yes, was this an OJEU process?
5.How do you  measure the effectiveness of the claims handling function?
6.Does your authority participate in shared service contractual or joint venture arrangements in respect of the management of insurance claims? Yes/No
7.Does your authority have a hybrid of the above arrangements, under which some claims are managed in one way and others in another way? Yes/No - if yes, please describe the arrangement
8.What was the value of claims against your authority’s insurance policies in the financial year ending March 2014?
a.Please provide a breakdown in the last 2 years, per year:
i.Personal Injury Claims settled pre litigation and their value
ii.Personal Injury claims settled after commencement of litigation and value
iii.Value of Personal Injury claims lost

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested and this is detailed below:

1.Zurich Municipal

2.Yes

3.Yes.  Tony Goddard - tony.goddard@bedford.gov.uk

4.No

5.Regular reports to Senior Management (including numbers and value of insurance claims received, paid, outstanding etc.) & CIPFA Benchmarking

6.No

7.No

8. All claim types for policy year 2013/14 - paid £369,110 & outstanding £258,711 @ 01.06.2015

a.See table below:

           

2013/14

2014/15

Personal injury claims settled pre-litigation

59no.    £12,152

72no.    £11,562

Personal injury claims settled after litigation

5no.      £146,963

10no.    £189,887

Value of personal injury claims lost

£159,115

£201,449

01/06/15

7444

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Penlee Close
Bedford
Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

view the application plans

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

1/6/2015

 

7445

 

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), I would like to request the following information about your IT disposal provision:
1.IT Estate
a.How many desktops are in  your total IT estate?
b.How many laptops are in your total IT estate?
c.How many servers are in your total IT estate?
d.Who currently provides IT disposal for you?
e.Which re-seller provides your IT hardware?
f.Are you tied into a time bound contract with your incumbent IT Disposal Company?
g.When is your current contract due for review?
2.Contacts
a.Who is responsible for ICT hardware disposal in the organisation and what are their contact details?

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested. Please find the information set out below.

1)a)1,364 PCs, as at 4/3/15

b)670 laptops, as at 4/3/15

c)323 production virtual servers, 32 VM host servers, 50 physical servers, as at 4/3/15

d)Pure Planet Recycling

e)Dell

f)No

g)There is no contract

2)a) Tony Pompa, ICT Service Desk Manager, Telephone: 01234 228596, Email Tony.Pompa@bedford.gov.uk. Address: Bedford Borough Council, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AP

 

02/06/15

7446

 

 I write to request a full list of businesses that have recently become responsible for the business rates in your council area (new liabilities) between 15/05/2015 to the 31/05/2015.  Please could you send me the name of the business, type of business, address and date that they became responsible for the rates please

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested regarding responsible business rate payers which is attached.

18/06/15

7447

 

RE: Pushchair
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”) please provide us with copies of the following:
•All documentation created as a result of your investigation in relation to this matter;
•Details of any test results;
•Details of all complaints received in respect of pushchairs manufacturer by X
•Any other relevant documentation.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.
To obtain or see a copy of the information please contact freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

25/06/15

 

 

7448

 

Please accept this email as a request for the following information, in relation to the property known at:
Luton Road
Wilstead
Bedford
Access is required to records containing the information necessary to answer the following questions of the CON29R form:
3.1 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.2 – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (b) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (c) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (d) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (e) – Highways Development Control Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.7 (f) – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.9 (a)-(n) - Planning Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.11 – Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council
3.13 - Environmental Health Department, Bedford Borough Council

 Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.
I attach the information you requested from Environmental Health & Trading Standards department.  Regarding the questions relating to planning, the Planning department advise that all information relating to planning applications is available on our website at the following link:

view application plans

For a copy of the environmental information please contact:

freedomofinformation@bedford.gov.uk

1/6/2015

 

7449

 

This request is made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and further to a decision of the Information Tribunal in England and the London Borough of Bexley v Information Commissioner 2007. In accordance with the above, I hereby request a list of Business Rate accounts that meet the following criteria:
•Current overpayment/credit shown for any financial year if credit balance hasn't been carried forward.
•Accounts where a 'write on' has been used since 1st April 2000 to cancel an overpayment which has not since been reversed.
I would request that the list contains the following information:
•Ratepayer name (Information is only requested where the ratepayer is a company and not an individual as I appreciate this is limited by the Data Protection Acts).
•Address of property concerned.
•Amount of overpayment/write on.
•If possible, the period/financial year relating to overpayment/credit/write on.

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, the authority must state whether or not the information exists and I confirm that we do hold the information you requested.

Please follow link to Spreadsheet regarding business rates.

 

18/06/15

7450

 

Topic: Waste and Recycling through Textile Banks
Please could you kindly provide the following information:
1. Total quantity of waste (in tonnes) collected by the council and transferred to landfill in 2014.
2. Total cost to transfer the waste to landfill in 2014.
3. Total number of textile banks located in the council's territory and operated by the council
4. Total number of textile banks located in the council's territory and operated by 3rd parties (for example charities or other organisations)
5. Total quantity of waste (in tonnes) collected from the textile banks by the council and / or 3rd party operators in 2014. How was the weight data collected and reported to the council?
6. If banks are operated by the council, total collection cost incurred by the council to empty the banks in 2014
7. Please can you provide a database, preferably in Excel format, with full details of the textile banks located in the council's territory (address and postcode)
8. If the banks are operated by 3rd party operators, please can you provide a list of these operators.
9. Please provide a contact within the local authority who manages the network of textile banks

Thank you for your request for information about waste and recycling through textile banks which we received on 29 May 2015. Your request has been considered under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Please find below the information requested.

1. Bedford Borough Council collected a total of 82,323 tonnes of mixed municipal waste and sent 19,090 tonnes to landfill. This equates to 23.18%.

2. Rough costs of circa £20,000

3. 0

4. There are 68 mini recycling sites across the Borough, these include glass, paper and card banks operated by the Council and about 13 sites containing 47 3rd part textile banks.

5. The Council receives limited tonnage information from the textile bank operators, most are registered charities and do not have enough resources to provide, quality assure and report such data to the council.

6. N/A

7. All our mini recycling sites addresses can be found on the link. 

8. Salvation Army, Fire Fighter Charity, Plant Aid, DAPP, ERC, The Variety club

9. Louise Akam – Recycling Support Officer, Tel 01234 228572

 

25/06/15